Buy these 10 essential cupboard foods, when you do your first uni shop
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Moving to uni can be quite overwhelming and while we tend to plan and plan every little detail, from picking the right notebooks to creating a weekly planner and even sketch the dorm room of our dreams.
Then uni starts, the parents are back home and the first food shop is inevitable. And while the temptations are many and the budget seems endless (at least during the first few weeks), skipping the essentials in favour of chocolate, ice cream and booze is quite common.
To help you avoid starvation and boring microwavable meals, we’ve prepared this handy guide of the ten essential cupboard products you need to stock up on, when you just move in.
Although this might sound obvious, salt and pepper are such a big part of our diet, that we don’t particularly think about buying them. Admit it, they’re just always there.
2. Tomato puree
Or any tinned tomatoes. The perfect base for spaghetti, rice, soup and any other home cooked meal. You really don’t need to buy premade tomato sauce, when you can make your own one in less than 5 minutes.
Burritos, paellas, egg fried, curry- rice has so many adaptations you can cook a different meal every day and not be bored for weeks. Stock up and start experimenting!
If you don’t fancy yourself a baker, or even much of a cook you might question the need of this one in your cupboard. But flour can be used to thicken sauces, give soups a fuller and rounder taste or just be used as part of a quick, homemade batter. Buy a packet and see if it lasts till the end of the year.
5. Baked beans
One day you’ll come home too tired to come up with anything specific and too broke for a takeaway. Beans, cheese, toast and TV. The day can be over.
6. Soy sauce
It can be used as a salad dressing, or to give a bit of taste to your place rice. And if you deicide to make quick noodles, you just can’t miss it.
7. Cracker bread
Yes, no one is a particular fan of this one but at some point you will thank yourself. Late at night when you need a small snack or early in the morning, when you realise you had all the bread yesterday.
You might not have any other vegetable or ingredient available, but just some sautéed or caramelized onions, can turn a simple pasta, rice or sandwich into a delicious treat.
9. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Combine them and you get a classic salad dressing or a dip for your bread and olives. You won’t regret it.
10. Hot sauce
If you’re a friend of spice, dare to challenge yourself and buy some interesting looking hot sauce. You’ll find out soon that you use it a lot more than you expect.
The list can go on and on of course, but we will leave it to yourselves to explore, challenge and come home with some exotic ingredients that will remain at the back of your cupboard for the next three years of university.